Julie Bowen: 'I Don't Fit Into Girl Dresses'

09/16/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Julie Bowen Emmys Dress
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Given her fit frame, it’s hard to believe Julie Bowen would ever have trouble finding a dress that fits. But according to the Modern Family actress, staying slim can make staying stylish a challenge.

“I’m built like a 14-year-old boy. I have no waist so anything I wear has to have a lot of trickeration going on,” Bowen told PEOPLE at Audi’s Kick Off to Emmy Week party in L.A. “I don’t fit into girl dresses. I can’t just slip it on.”

Thankfully, for Sunday’s Emmy Awards, best supporting actress nominee Bowen has already picked a winning look: a black, v-neck Oscar de la Renta gown, which she’ll let speak for itself.

“For the red carpet I feel like the dress is the star and I should keep the jewelry really classic and attractive but not too mom-ular,” she said. “I don’t want to look like I’m constantly just driving back and forth to soccer practice.”

Getting ready for the Emmys has often proved challenging for the mom of three, so this year Bowen is opting for a new plan. “Usually it’s my kids coming in and out of the bathroom and everyone running in and out,” she said. “I have three boys but they have a makeup drawer — otherwise they get into everything and just want to do what I’m doing.”

How to avoid that typical pre-Emmys chaos? “This year I think I’m actually going to leave the house and do it at a hotel and try to have a little fun with it,” she said.

–Michelle Ward


FILED UNDER: Celebs , Fashion , Red Carpet
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Summer on

It would help if she ate….

doodlebug on

Well maybe she can model boy’s clothes since we have a man modeling woman’s clothes!! Really how about you just EAT SOMETHING!!!!!

whatevs on

Eating something isn’t going to give her a waist, it’s going to give her a fat man’s body. Geez people.

N on

It’s so ridiculous when people say that girls and women of this body type should eat something as thoguh eatign will magically give her big boobs and and full hips. If you know anything about fitness and body types you’d know that with her frame if she grained weight it would mainly go to her stomach, so she’d just end up with a gut. Women come in all shapes and sizes stop hating on each other just to make yourself feel better about your own shape. If your daughter ahd a lean sleek physiqye like hers would you berade her for not havign hips and a defined waist? Or would you tell her she was beautiful as she is.

Beth on

I remember how healthy and pretty this actress used to be, and dresses back then did look nice on her.
It’s sad to see that she seems to have become another stick-thin Hollywood stereotype.

Nikki on

If you look back in other films that she starred in she had more weight on her and she looked wonderful, here she looks like she’s starving.

Barb on

If you can see the skeletal bones in the UPPER chest, you are too damned skinny! Yes, it’s time to eat!

Courtney on

oh please this woman can’t act worth a Damn so who cares if she’s another hollywood Stereotype of a stick thin tramp posing as a star. stop giving the likes of her coverage

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